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Threads #214, Summer 2021

Time for Color | Letter from the Editor

Late in the process of creating each issue, we have an important ritual, the layout review or “wall walk.” Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was an in-person team review of…


  • tools for creasing fabric

    Tools That Give Fabric a Clean Crease

    Sewers through the centuries have always needed the means to mark stitching lines, fold hems, flatten seams, and perform other basic tasks in garment construction. Over time, implements were invented…

  • sewing notions

    Sewing Notions to Try Now

    Hands-free video control If you have ever experienced the frustration of trying to keep up with an online sewing video while you learn a new technique, the Vidami Video Looper…

  • Bridal designer Jude Jowilson's

    Bridal designer Jude Jowilson's gowns feature exquisite details

    Jude Jowilson knew at an early age, while sewing at his grandmother’s side in the Philippines, fashion was in his future. “When I was 14 or 15, I made my…

  • croquis cutout

    Sewing Tip: Cutout Croquis

    My body is asymmetrical due to scoliosis, and photos help me understand fit. I took photos in close-fitting clothes and printed them. I then made a personal croquis by cutting…

    Pattern Review

  • style arc elwood jean

    Pattern Review: Style Arc: Elwood Jean

    Style Arc: Elwood Jean Classic jeans are a wardrobe staple. These have all the essential details, coupled with updates such as a higher rise, shaped two-piece waistband, exposed button-fly front,…

  • Jennifer Lauren Handmade Bastion Culottes

    Pattern Review: Jennifer Lauren Handmade The Bastion Culottes

    Jennifer Lauren Handmade: The Bastion Culottes Likened by the company to “1940s sailor pants,” these culottes are styled with a drop-front button closure and wide legs for a skirt-like appearance.…

  • Marfy 1670 & 1672

    Pattern Review: Marfy 1670 & 1672

    Marfy 1670 & 1672 Let’s start at the top for this duo. A summery, off-the-shoulder asymmetrical blouse design is gathered along the front and back necklines. One side has a…

  • Butterick 6761

    Pattern Review: Butterick 6761

    Butterick 6761 These two feminine sleeveless dresses of midcalf length have fitted bodices and gathered skirts, making them a good basic to have in your summer rotation. Both views are…

  • Rebecca Page Ruched Swimsuit

    Pattern Review: Rebecca Page Ruched Swimsuit

    Rebecca Page: Ruched Swimsuit This is a fully lined, tank-style, one-piece swimsuit with a center-front panel that can be left plain or ruched, a low or high back scoop, and…

  • decades of style Butterfly Blouse 3005

    Pattern Review: Decades of Style 1930s Butterfly Blouse 3005

    Decades of Style: 1930s Butterfly Blouse 3005 This timeless style has lovely details that make it a great choice for many occasions. It is a wrap blouse with one-piece, elbow-length…


  • Pull needles through multiple layers

    Q&A: How to Pull Needles through Multiple Layers

    Q: I’ve been struggling with some hand sewing. When the needle has to pass through many layers, I can’t get a strong grip on it to pull it out on…

  • Get a handle on fabric “hand”

    Q&A: Get a Handle on Fabric “Hand”

    READERS’ QUESTIONS – EXPERT ANSWERS Q: What exactly is a fabric’s “hand”? Is there a scientific way to describe or quantify it? —Natalie Burch, via email A: The Threads editors…

  • Fitting a vest to an asymmetric body

    Q&A: Fitting a Vest to an Asymmetric Body

    READERS’ QUESTIONS – EXPERT ANSWERS Q: Can you help me with fitting adjustments for people with scoliosis or other body curvatures? My son has extremely uneven shoulders, different length sides,…


  • Concentrated instant-set dyes, like the Colorhue line, can be diluted and mixed for custom shades.

    Choose a Protein-specific Dye

    When it comes to dyeing, there is one thing you must know about your fabric: fiber content. The chemical makeup of the fiber determines which types of dyes can be…

  • Tie-dye silk to create artistic, all-over designs

    Tie-dye Silk to Create Artistic, All-over Designs

    If you love the free-form look and fun hues of tie-dye, consider applying the technique to a fabric that’s more sophisticated than a cotton T-shirt: Try dyeing pure silk. I’ll…

    Online extras

  • Sleeveless Summer Dress | 360-Degree View

    Sleeveless Summer Dress | 360-Degree View

    A feminine design with interesting bodice details, Butterick 6761 offers two sleeveless dresses of midcalf length. Each has a fitted bodice and gathered skirt, making each option a smart basic…

  • Fit to Be Tied

    Make a Simple Sarong

    Sarongs have a romantic and feminine look. An unstructured wrap sarong is a garment you can make without a pattern and wear several ways: as a skirt, an elegant shawl,…

  • Patterns for a Core Four Wardrobe

    A core four wardrobe is a capsule of wardrobe pieces that mix and match and, when paired with accent pieces, create many outfits from just a few garments. While you…

    How Did They Sew That

  • Attach sequin trim by hand or machine

    Attach Sequin Trim by Hand or Machine

    A circa 1966 French shift walks the line between whimsy and sophistication, with its embroidered sequin motifs of varied sizes. The oversized sequins, applied in scattered concentric circles, catch the…

    Sewing Saves

  • Attach a patch pocket without visible stitches

    Attach a Patch Pocket Without Visible Stitches

    When you feature patch pockets on a garment that doesn’t lend itself to visible topstitching, the usual method is to line the pocket, then hand-sew it in place. A hand-sewn…

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